PORTSMOUTH -- Officials with the Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth Sheriff's Office and Portsmouth Fire Department came together Friday to answer the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge callout from Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith.
The ice bucket challenge for ALS began on July 29, 2014 when Peter Frates, a Boston College Baseball Alumni, challenged several people to dump a bucket of ice water on their head to raise money and awareness for ALS research. The challenge went viral. As a result, donations to the ALS Association started pouring in and over $15 million dollars has been raised since the challenge began.
ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Those who suffer from this disease often become totally paralyzed and only live an average of 2-5 years.
There is no cure for ALS.
The Portsmouth Police Department raised $1,666 for ALS Friday.